Happy Book Birthday to “Breakfast in Bridgetown, Third Edition”

Join me in wishing a happy book birthday to the third edition of Paul Gerald’s Breakfast in Bridgetown. I did the interior design for this book.

Breakfast in Bridgetown, Third Edition

Cover by Alan Dubinsky

About the Book

Breakfast in Bridgetown is back for a third time! The definitive guide to Portland’s favorite meal now includes well over 150 places to find your morning meal, as well as sections on food carts, downtown hotels, out-of-town favorites, and gluten-free breakfasts.

Paul Gerald, author of the best-selling 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland, takes you on a fun and informative tour of Portland and its breakfast spots: where they are, what they’re like, how their food is, who eats there, and most importantly, what kind of coffee they serve.

With maps, helpful categories and handy lists, Breakfast in Bridgetown is a tour of Portland’s breakfast scene, from mom-and-pop diners to fancy weekend brunches. Keep it handy in your car or just read it for fun. Either way, we’ll see you out at breakfast!


Breakfast in Bridgetown is available at paulgerald.com and in many Portland-area bookstores and restaurants.

Happy Book Birthday to “In the Mirror”

Join me in wishing a happy book birthday to Kaira Rouda’s In the Mirror, for which I did the interior layout and ebook conversion.


About the Book

When determined mother and entrepreneur, Jennifer Benson, is diagnosed with cancer, she enters an experimental treatment facility to tackle her death sentence the same way she’s tackled her life–head on. But while she’s busy fighting for a cure, running her business, planning a party, staying connected to her kids and trying to keep her sanity, she ignores her own intuition and warnings from others and reignites an old relationship best left behind.

If you knew you might die, what choices would you make? How would it affect your marriage? How would you live each day? How many warnings would you ignore?

And how would you say no to the one that got away?

For more infomation on ordering In the Mirror, visit www.kairarouda.com/book/mirror.

Happy Book Birthday to “The Tropic of Never: Part One”

Join me in wishing a happy book birthday to Michael James Schneider’s The Tropic of Never: Part One.


About the Book

When Edgar Locke woke up on a city-sized boat with no memories of his life before, it was a problem. When he searched the ship and met its only residents, hundreds of animals, it was a mystery. But when he started inspecting the huge vessel, what he found was impossible.

The Tropic of Never is available exclusively as a Kindle book. Click here to download the book for $2.99.

Happy (Belated) Book Birthday to “Hanging Our for a Living”

Join me in wishing a happy book birthday to Mark Herdering’s Hanging Out for a Livinga business fable.

hanging out

About the Book

Tyler Cirella is having a bad day, a really bad day. This morning his wife, Karen, threatened to leave him for foolishly investing in yet another network-marketing business opportunity. His boss gave him notice that he has thirty days to turn his sales numbers around or he’s out of a job. The crippling migraine headaches that have plagued him for over two years are getting worse. And, on top of his crushing financial troubles, he’s found himself on the hook for a Moroccan teapot that he accidentally damaged at a local tea shop.

In a quiet moment of desperation, Tyler reminisces about a happier time in his life, his high school days, when his after school pastime was hanging out with his friends. “I wish there was a way to make money by hanging out. I wish I could hang out for a living,” he says to himself—or so he thinks. In that moment Tyler encounters a most unlikely mentor, Oscar, a rotund, twenty-five-hundred-year-old Babylonian who resides in the teapot!

For more information on Hanging Out for a Living, visist www.hangingoutforaliving.com.

Get your free copy of “Counting to D” today!

My client Kate Scott is offering copies of her young adult novel, Counting to D, as a free Kindle download today (March 21). Get your copy now by clicking here.


About the Book

The kids at Sam’s school never knew if they should make fun of her for being too smart or too dumb. That’s what it means to be dyslexic, smart, and illiterate. Sam is sick of it. So when her mom gets a job in a faraway city, Sam decides not to tell anyone about her little illiteracy problem. Without her paradox of a reputation, she falls in with a new group of highly competitive friends who call themselves the Brain Trust. When she meets Nate, her charming valedictorian lab partner, she declares her new reality perfect. But in order to keep it that way, she has to keep her learning disability a secret. The books are stacked against her and so are the lies. Sam’s got to get the grades, get the guy, and get it straight-without being able to read.

A Bit O’ Irish Reading

In honor of this most Irish of days, I thought I’d share three of my favorite Irish-inspired books from past clients: Fiona: Stolen Child, by Gemma Whelan; Call of the Lark, by Maura Mulligan; and Bending the Boyne, by J. S. Dunn.

 About the Books

Fiona: Stolen Child, by Gemma Whelan


Fiona Clarke, an Irish writer living in New York, has been running away from her past since she left rural Cregora, Ireland, for boarding school. That past finds her, many years later, when her thinly veiled autobiographical novel is optioned for a movie. Working as the film’s consultant, Fiona unearths deep secrets, relives childhood trauma, and connects with an estranged family thrust back into her life. As her history opens upon her, Fiona must stop running and confront her secret shame: her long-held sense of responsibility over the death of her little sister.

For more on this book, visit www.fionastolenchild.com.

Call of the Lark, by Maura Mulligan


In her memoir, Maura Mulligan takes us behind the walls of a Franciscan convent in the 1960s and brings alive a nun’s story that is both revealing and redemptive. But Call of the Lark is much more. It is also a chronicle of life in rural Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s, a testament to the challenges of emigration to the United States, and a portrait of one woman’s strength and determination to forge a fulfilling life.

Call of the Lark is a gift of strength, comfort, and inspiration to anyone who has ever wrestled with doubts about his or her purpose and direction in lifein other words, to all of us. As musician and author Larry Kirwan writes, “Call of the Lark is a story of redemption that lifts both the heart and soul.”

For more on this book, visit www.mauramulligan.com/CalloftheLark.html.

Bending the Boyne, by J. S. Dunn


In 2200 BCE, changes rocking the Continent reach Eire with the dawning Bronze Age. Well before any Celts, marauders invade the island seeking copper and gold. The young astronomer Boann and the enigmatic Cian need all their wits and courage to save their people and their great Boyne mounds, when long bronze knives challenge the native starwatchers. Boann marries the invader Elcmar to stave off war, but enemies cloud her future. Banished to far coasts by Elcmar, Cian discovers how to outwit the invaders at their own game. Tensions on Eire between new and old cultures and between Boann, Elcmar, and her son Aengus, ultimately explode. What emerges from the rubble of battle are the legends of Ireland’s beginnings in a totally new light.

Bending the Boyne draws on 21st century archaeology to show the lasting impact when early metal mining and trade take hold along north Atlantic coasts. Carved megaliths and stunning gold artifacts, from the Pyrenees up to the Boyne, come to life in this researched historical fiction.

For more on this book, visit www.seriouslygoodbooks.net.

Happy Book Birthday to “Caffeinated PDX”

Join me in wishing a happy book birthday to Will Hutchens’ Caffeinated PDX: How Portland Became the Best Coffee City in Americaa book that was an utter delight for me to design.


About the Book

In Portland, Oregon, coffee is more than just a beverage, it is an essential part of the city’s character. Under oft-gray skies, independent roasters and cafés flourish, providing a wide array of styles and tastes for discerning Portlanders to choose from. The celebrated Portland coffee culture attracts visitors from around the world, who come to explore the diverse options and find inspiration for bringing great coffee to their own cities.

In Caffeinated PDX: How Portland became the Best Coffee City in America, author Will Hutchens tells the stories of the people and companies that pushed Portland to the forefront of the specialty coffee scene. He travels around the city, talking to a wide variety of coffee professionals and capturing their passion for roasting, selling, and brewing some of the finest coffees in the world. He attends cuppings, goes to barista school, and volunteers at barista competitions to better understand what’s so special about specialty coffee. Using Portland as the model, Hutchens also explains the phenomenon known as third-wave coffee, a worldwide movement to improve coffee quality from origin to cup.

Full of anecdotes and insights into the minds of Portland’s coffee leaders, as well as some lesser-known personalities, Caffeinated PDX is an enjoyable read for people who love coffee, for people who love Portland, or for anyone who appreciates a good story.

Get a Discount!
If you order the book through caffeinatedpdx.com in the next 10 days, you can get it for 15 percent off. On the checkout page, enter the code VKBMAR2014 in the Coupons box. The discount will be available until March 20th at 11:59pm.


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